ISLAMABAD: Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Tariq Banuri on Sunday met Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) Chairman Dr Qibla Ayaz and agreed to collaborate on ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ agreement.
“HEC fully supports the aims and objectives of the Paigham-e-Pakistan programme, especially its endeavours to mobilise Pakistani youth, faculty and civil institutions for national consensus,” said Tariq Banuri, according to a press release.
In his remarks, Dr Ayaz termed Paigham-e-Pakistan “the most amazing and rewarding agreement” sponsored by HEC and the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI).
He said that the agreement was a counter narrative to terrorism and extremism sanctioned by all sects in Pakistan. He added that Paigham-e-Pakistan was an instrument that HEC and all other relevant public and civil institutions should leverage in building inclusive, tolerant, civilised and peaceful societies.
During the meeting, issues pertaining to ‘Seerat Chairs’ and observance of International Day of Peace were also brought under consideration. Various action points were agreed upon in the meeting including regular consultation with vice chancellors to deliberate on important issues pertaining to the higher education sector.
These issues included the support for Paigham-e-Pakistan through social media, university radio channels, walks and seminars, lectures, workshops, exhibitions, posters and short film competitions. They also stressed on the need to engage with civil societies, communities, colleges, schools and NGOs for joint cultural and social activities.
Besides, it was agreed that active coordination may be undertaken for filling the positions of the Seerat Chairs at universities and enhancing their role and performance.